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Rolling Stones songs: Blinded By Rainbows
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Do you ever touch the night/ Or is it just another job…

Written by: Jagger/Richards
Recorded: Ronnie Wood’s Sandymount Studios, Kildare, Island, July 9-Aug. 6 and Sept. 1994; Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin, Ireland, Nov. 3-Dec. 10 1993; Don Was’ Studio and A&M Studios, Los Angeles, USA, Jan. 15-Apr. 1994
Guest musicians: Darryl Jones (bass), Benmont Tench (organ and piano) , Lenny Castro (percussion)
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012

From Songfacts:
This is about the conflict in Northern Ireland. The title refers to the people fighting for something without regard for its consequences.

The Stones recorded this in Dublin.

This is a rare political song by The Stones. They usually sing about lighter topics, like girls.

Jagger sang this in the same style as their 1967 hit “She’s A Rainbow.”

Lenny Castro played percussion, Benmont Tench played organ. Tench is best known as a member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Mick Jagger wrote this while he was working on his third solo album Wandering Spirit. Said Jagger: “I was sort of halfway through with it, and I thought, ‘Well, this would be better suited to The Rolling Stones’ next album.’ It was all kind of in my head, rather than written down. But you know, it’s pretty strong. I think it’s good to have one like that on the record, it shakes you up a bit. Otherwise all the songs are about girls and cars and immaturity.

From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
Mick Jagger wrote “Blinded by Rainbows” in September 1992, at the end
of the sessions for his solo album Wandering Spirit. The Stones later
recorded it in Ireland, a bastion of Celtic culture, whose northern provinces
were under the rule of the British Crown.
Do you ever hear the screams as the limbs are all torn off/Did you ever
kiss the child who just saw his father shot? These words, like those of the
other verses of this song, are about the conflict in Northern Ireland and the
anti-Catholic discrimination, hence the reference to Christ and his suffering
on the cross. Blinded by rainbows… the rainbows in question could
symbolize the two causes, political and religious, that have the power to
blind and can never be reconciled.

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